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PAWS for Reading Program Expands

by: 
Rebecca

Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family? If so, we have just the program for you! Our very popular PAWS for Reading program -- which started at the Golden Library last year -- is now available at libraries throughout Jefferson County!

We're partnering with the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program to give young readers the encouragement they need to improve their reading skills. In this program, we invite kids to read to trained therapy dogs. Research has shown that these programs are particularly helpful for reluctant readers. They tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment. And parents have reported that children participating in the program turn to reading more at home, show a greater willingness to read aloud at school, and are more disposed to venturing into increasingly difficult reading materials.

Registration is required for these programs; to register, call 303-235-5275 or ask staff for details.

Arvada Library
11 a.m., second and third Saturday of the month

Columbine Library
1 p.m., first and second Saturday of the month

Conifer Library
4 p.m., second and third Tuesday of the month

Evergreen Library
1 p.m., fourth Saturday of the month

Standley Lake Library
4 p.m., third Thursday of the month

Saturday at the Movies

by: 
Rebecca

Looking for something to do on these snowy weekends? Enjoy a Saturday movie matinee at the Conifer library and share the experience with other movie lovers. Movie titles vary; ask a librarian for details.

2 p.m., Saturdays
Conifer Library

More LEGOS at the Library

by: 
Rebecca

What's the latest things for kids and teens? LEGOs at the Library! These popular programs are now offered at eight Jefferson County Library locations, including Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Conifer, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden and Standley Lake. We provide the LEGOs® and the kids provide the energy and imagination. The end result? Fun and engaging practice in problem solving, design and building stuff.

From monthly meetings to individual events, it's likely we have a LEGO program to fit your needs. Times and locations.

It's Tax Time. Why Are These People Smiling?

by: 
Rebecca

Meet AARP Tax Advisor John Kure, AARP Tax Coordinator Gene McCracken, former Lakewood Librarian Sharon Partridge and Lakewood Library Patron Rick Caulfield. These folks had a very happy experience last year!

Rick came to the library for AARP Tax Help, and John and Gene helped him find $2,000 in missed deductions! In the course of their review of his tax return, they pointed out that Rick had missed a $500 pension deduction. They not only helped him get a larger return in 2014; they also helped him file amended tax returns for previous years, resulting in overall savings of $2,000!

Don't make the same mistake! Let AARP's certified tax advisors help you with your tax returns this year.

Beginning in February, the Library and AARP will provide free tax counseling and preparation assistance to all taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers will be on hand at our Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake Libraries to help you with tax-related questions through April 15. Space is limited for each session and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Please note: appointments are required at the Evergreen Library.

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Belmar Library
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Columbine Library
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Evergreen Library
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Lakewood Library
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Standley Lake Library
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Interested in World Affairs?

by: 
Rebecca

Check out our Greast Decisions program, offered at our Columbine and Evergreen Libraries.
 
Great Decisions, developed by the Foreign Policy Association, is designed to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. The program provides background information and policy options for eight critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal point for discussion groups across the country.

This year’s topics cover a broad range of policy issues, including:
•    Russia and the Near Abroad
•    Privacy in the Digital Age
•    Sectarianism in the Middle East
•    India Changes Course
•    U.S. Policy towards Africa
•    Syria’s Refugee Crisis
•    Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
•    Brazil’s Metamorphosis

Join us for this lively overview of important current events.

Columbine Library
Sessions begin with a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20; participants can pick up their workbooks at this meeting. Sessions continue on select Tuesday evenings through May 19. Full schedule.

Evergreen Library
The first session will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, and the program will continue through April 29. Evergreen patrons are invited to pick up their workbook and sign up at the Information Desk prior to the first discussion. Full Schedule.

Connect for Health Colorado Sign-Ups Continue

by: 
Rebecca

JCPL continues to partner with professionals from Jefferson County Human Services and the Mountain Resource Center (MRC) to assist patrons with signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the Connect for Health Colorado online health insurance marketplace.

Personal assistance will be available at the following dates and times:

Belmar Library
1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21
1–5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26
4–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28

Evergreen Library
11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 20 and 27
Evergreen appointments may be made by calling the MRC at 303-838-5772.

Check Out Our Book Discussion Groups!

by: 
Rebecca

 Looking for some camaraderie, intellectual stimulation and just plain fun? Check out our book groups.

We have books groups for adults, teens and kids! Titles include popular fiction, classics, autobiography, and more! You can view the full list of options here.

Come join us for some literary conversation!

Arvada Library

Tuesday Night Book Group
6:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Belmar Library

Page Turners Book Group
6 p.m., first Wednesday of the month

Columbine Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
2 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 8 and older)
4:30 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Teen Book Club (ages 12-18)
3:30 p.m., one Saturday per month

Conifer Library

Award Winning Book Group
6:30 p.m., last Tuesday of the month

Evergreen Library

Wednesday Night Book Group
6 p.m., second Wednesday of the month

Young Readers' Book Club (ages 8-11)
4 p.m., third Monday of the month

Golden Library

Tuesday Night Book Group
6 p.m., third Tuesday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 8-11)
4 p.m., last Wednesday of the month

Lakewood Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
1 p.m., fourth Tuesday of the month

Thursday Night Book Group
6 p.m., first Thursday of the month

Young Readers' Fun Club (ages 10 and older)
4 p.m., third Tuesday of the month

Standley Lake Library

Tuesday Afternoon Book Group
1 p.m., first Tuesday of the month

Thursday Night Book Group
6:30 p.m., second Thursday of the month

Wheat Ridge Library

Thursday Morning Book Group
9 a.m., third Thursday of the month

Connect for Health: Now in Evergreen!

by: 
Rebecca Winning

The Evergreen Library and the Mountain Resource Center (MRC) are partnering to help Jefferson County residents sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act on the "Connect for Health Colorado" online health insurance marketplace. MRC staff will be available at the Evergreen Library to help you determine your eligibility and sign up at the following dates and times:

11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 23 and 30
11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27
11-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 10

Library appointments may be made by calling the MRC at 303-838-5772.        

by: 
Jenny, Golden Library

You know, even when the weather is delightful, it can be challenging to come up with new and fun things to do with kids. There are naps to contend with and snacks to pack and diapers and toys and it can seem like it's probably just easier to stay at home and have a pretend adventure.  

Follow Me! is a new series in which we'll explore fun places for kids in or near Jefferson County. The places we'll highlight will be free or extremely affordable or just so totally worth the price of admission that I can't resist sharing them with you.

I have 2 kids and I'll be absolutely straight with you: I'll tell you who had a good time, who needed to be older or younger and/or if anyone cried the whole time (even if it was me). I'll let you know if the staff and other patrons were actually welcoming or if anyone cringed and fled when they saw us coming. I'm a mom who happens to be an information professional: just like you, I want to know if getting everyone out the door is really going to be worth it.

But first - there are some fun holiday happenings this weekend that I don't want you to miss:

Friday, December 5 beginning at 4:00pm - There will be dancing, caroling and free photos with Santa before the annual Olde Golden Candlelight Walk. You may bring your own candles, or purchase them at the Golden Chamber of Commerce. Consider visiting the Golden Library beforehand for cider and to explore our collection of holiday books to enjoy following the festivities!

Friday, December 5 at approximately 5:30pm - Santa and Mrs. Claus are going to light the community tree at the Evergreen Lake House, followed by the annual Holiday Walk from the Lake House through Downtown Evergreen! Visit the Evergreen Library before visiting Santa to get holiday books to share after the festivtities! 

Saturday, December 6 noon-3pm - Bring a camera! Santa will be in Arvada's Olde Town Square every Saturday afternoon until Christmas! Guess what else is near Olde Town Square! (Do you see where I'm going with this? Wait for it...) Visit the Arvada Library before or after seeing Santa, choose some holiday books and films and keep the spirit of your super-fun adventure going well into the season. 

Watch this space for more kid-friendly fun!

Photo credit: Vicky Brock on flickr

 

Celebrate with Us!

by: 
Rebecca

We love our patrons, and the holidays give us a perfect chance to say thank you! We've scheduled a number of holiday open houses to share some fun and festivities with you. Come celebrate with us!

 

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
Live music and refreshments.
Arvada Library

5:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4
Face painting and a musical performance by Heart Strings.
Wheat Ridge Library

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Live music and refreshments.
Belmar Library

5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12
Music and after-hours festivities.
Edgewater Library

1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13
Music and refreshments and used books for sale.
Evergreen Library

12:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14
Showings of the movie Frozen and refreshments.
Columbine Library

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